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Dear Friends and Partners,

Last month, we shared Chicago Public Schools' new report called the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). Guided in part by the briefings that our team has facilitated with more than 100 organizations, CPS is leading ARA briefings in each of the 16 regions of the city. Importantly, these briefings signal a commitment to open dialogue between district leadership, schools, and community residents and are a proof point that the ARA is working exactly as intended -- to bridge the gap between grass-tops and grassroots stakeholders in creating solutions to our city's most pressing education needs. 

“I think we have to get away from these stand-and-deliver meetings where we just present information and then hear from people but not really engage them," said CPS CEO, Dr. Janice Jackson, in a recent Chicago Sun Times article. 

On the heels of the report's release, CPS also announced a new proposal process for academic programs that, coupled with information from the ARA, puts communities in the driver's seat: "Here is the community engagement and opportunity for parents to say what you want, think or feel should happen in your community, " said Jackson.

To support all stakeholders in using the ARA, we have created a handy User Guide.

We hope you will join us at an ARA briefing sometime over the next few months to dive deeper into this data and its implications for Chicago schools.

 
Sincerely, 

The Kids First Chicago Team

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